Education and Training
During 2009 Property Valuation and Review (PVR) provided a full training program to listers in many aspects of tax administration and assessment.
A range of offerings was provided so that everyone, from new listers to seasoned assessors could take a class appropriate to their level of experience and understanding. There were 13 topics available with 39 classes held at various locations and dates around the state, with close to 400 total participants. The New Lister Orientation class, which was created in 2009 especially for those new to the position, was very well-attended.
Other topics included Data Collection and Property Inspection, House Construction, Developing a Land Schedule, Preparing for a Town Wide Reappraisal and several computer labs. Instruction was provided by staff from PVR, the Tax Department IT Help Desk and other professional instructors. In addition PVR sponsored two International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) courses – Fundamentals of Real Estate Appraisal and Fundamentals of Mass Appraisal – which were taught by IAAO certified personnel. There were also individual training sessions for towns that purchased the CAMA 2000 program during the year.
PVR continued its collaboration with the UVM Extension Service to provide seminars at the Town Officer Education Conferences (TOECs). Listers again comprised the largest audience with a total of over 200 at the four 2009 spring sessions held around the state.
Education continues to be a high priority for PVR and for the Legislature. We are continually looking to introduce new ways of presenting courses which will enable more listers to participate in education and are also working on creating a certification program. The funds appropriated to towns for lister education provide opportunities for those listers who otherwise would not have the resources to attend classes. Listers continue to actively participate in PVR’s Lister Education Program, which enables them to understand and better perform the responsibilities of the office. Many towns have benefitted from the classes developed by PVR and will continue to benefit as we continue our mission of providing education and training to elected officials.